Category Archives: Israel

Islamists and Zionism

Here is an English version of my latest piece for Al-Hurra   Arthur James Balfour One hundred years ago this month, on November 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, sent a letter to the Jewish community leader, Lord Rothschild, … Continue reading

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Jerusalem and the death of hope

Photo via Reuters   Tension has erupted again in Jerusalem. Six people have lost their lives; three Palestinians in street clashes with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem, and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement last … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016-Week 47 ( Nov21-27)

Top Headlines  An Egyptian court revokes the death sentence of Egypt’s ex-president Morsi Egypt’s Sisi expresses support for Syrian military Egypt denies sending military troops to Syria The US State Department removed Egypt from its travel warning list Egypt and … Continue reading

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Shimon Peres’s Funeral and the Arab World

Shimon Peres, one of the founders of Israel, has passed away. Many international dignitaries attended his funeral, although many Arab leaders from countries that officially signed peace treaties with Israel were absent. Furthermore, those who attended the funeral, such as … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 -Week 27 -2016 (July 4-10)

Egyptian foreign minister visits Israel Top Headlines Egyptian foreign minister to talk Middle East peace in rare visit to Israel Egypt to receive alleged Egypt Air MS804 wreckage washed ashore in Israel Traders are betting Egypt will weaken the pound … Continue reading

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Israel and al-Nusra

A tank on the Israeli side of the border in the Golan Heights, near Majdal Shams. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS Until last week, against the backdrop of the ongoing civil war in Syria, the Israeli-annexed part of the Golan Heights had been … Continue reading

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Lessons for Sinai from Yemen

(Egyptian air force chief adel Hafez with air force pilots in Yemen. 1964. wikimedia photo)  I wrote this piece for The Atlantic Council’s Egypt Source, hope you like it Following the recent major attacks by militants that killed at least twenty-seven … Continue reading

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Egypt and the Jewish Rabbi Abu-Hasira

Yacoub or Jacob Abu Hasira. (photo:Wikimedia Commons) Egypt – A court in Alexandria has canceled an annual Jewish festival commemorating the birthday of Abu-Hasira, a leading 19th-century Moroccan Rabbi (1805-1880). The festival was due to take place on January 9 … Continue reading

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The myth of Sisi’s Sinai proposal

  (Photo via Cairo Post) Initially published in Al-Monitor A few days ago, a claim surfaced that Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offered to give part of the Sinai Peninsula to the Palestinians to expand the Gaza Strip and create a … Continue reading

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Gaza, the Gordian knot

  (Photo via AFP) Published in Daily News Egypt Gaza___ the formula of a quick fix and hope for the best has failed. The simple fact that the recent war in the Gaza strip is the third in six years is … Continue reading

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